Cuddly, Raunchy Weekend At The Box Office

By Bill Wine

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)Ted knocked ‘em dead.

Ted, director Seth MacFarlane’s (of “Family Guy”) debuting R-rated fantasy-comedy about a grownup and his anything-goes teddy bear, starring Mark Wahlberg, finished first at the box office with a robust estimated opening-weekend total of $52 million.

Second place was claimed by Magic Mike, the new male-stripper dramedy with Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey.  It took in a strong $45 million in its debut.

Last weekend’s leader, the animated adventure, Brave, took third with another $34 million.

Fourth was the new Tyler Perry comedy, Madea’s Witness Protection, with a respectable total of $25 million.

And the weekend’s fourth new mainstream title, the drama People Like Us, with Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks, earned a modest $4 million, still good enough for a tenth-place finish.

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